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Grimey Basement to Gorgeous Bathroom

This adorable home in southeast Portland’s desirable neighborhood of East Moreland is in need of some TLC.

A couple years ago, Allison Smith Design remodeled the entire basement.

We took this:

 

And turned it into this:

 

Keep in mind, this is in a basement. There isn’t a single window in the space.

 

Light and bright paint colors + light and bright materials + a few contrasting pieces = a beautiful, bright space.. even without natural light.

 

 

Beginning fall 2018, Allison Smith Design is taking on this adorable home again… This time to transform the two upper levels.

 

Stay tuned….

 

— ASD Crew

Massive Remodel

We’ve been working on a 3-level, 6,300 square foot remodel for a family relocating to the Northwest Portland hills.

It’s been a massive undertaking, as you may know from watching HGTV’s popular shows including Flip or Flop, Fixer Upper, Love It or List It…. Just kidding. They make it look so easy. (and so cheap).

The home is perched atop a hill, which overlooks Portland’s beautiful landscape.

The location is perfect. The home itself, however, is a little quirky…

Check out the before pictures….

 

The home was built in 2004, but you’d never know it from its features.

These archways on the lower level. It feels like a dungeon… and not in a Cool-Dungeon-and-Dragons way – but in a Get-Me-Out-Of-Here way.

The home has a very Chippendale feel to it. Before you Google it (you might not want to – for other reasons), let me explain.

 

 

 

 

Chippendale is a style that became popular toward the end of the 18th century. It’s a combination of Gothic, Rococco, and Chinese style.

The curvature of many features in this home harcken back to the Chippendale trend. The lighting fixtures and stair railing also showcase that Chippendale Chinese influence.

 

 

 

 

 

It isn’t very well-known, but when you see it, you know it. And this house is certainly Chippendale-esque.

 

Despite the original design intent, we’re going to turn this house into a beautiful, contemporary space.

 

 

 

 

Starting with the entry…. We’re taking out these double doors and replacing them with a very custom-looking pivot door.

 

We’re also going to grey-wash all of the stone outside of the house. We knew we’d be ripping out the stone on the interior, so we practiced the technique here.

 

 

 

 

The earthy, multi-colored brown stone exposes the time when it was installed. This colored rock was very trendy in the early 2000’s, and now that the trend is over, we’re simply making the exterior material compliment our new color palette.

 

 

Here you can see the difference the grey-washing makes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the same room shown above, with the stone removed, and you can see hints of the new flooring and baseboard. (Though we’re clearly still in the heavy construction phase)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While we’re talking about outdated materials, I should mention the tile on this grill. We’ve already ripped it out and come up with an entirely new plan.

The surrounding of the grill is going to be a grey quartz waterfall slab, which is accentuated by the concrete tile we’ve laid… we went with concrete tile rather than wood or Trex decking to get a more custom look and more color variation.

And of course, imagine that stone column in the photo below grey-washed. It’s going to be stunning.

We still have a long road ahead of us.. but we’ll keep you updated. Every day we take strides, and we know it’s going to come together beautifully… Now we sound like HGTV. 😉

 

Stay tuned!!

 

–ASD Crew

 

 

 

 

Milwaukie Makeover

This home in Milwaukie, Oregon was a combination of “already there” and “let’s add a little flare”.

Using a variety of colors and textures will liven up a space. You can do this in small doses, or to an entire room… Life is short, am I right?

Using fun accessories – such as this spikey orb – can be a great way to grab attention and give a unique feel to the entire room.

 

While people tend to be intimidated by nooks and crannies, it’s actually an opportunity to showcase your best features. But please remember, it’s easy to go overboard! Here are a couple examples of “nice nooks”.

 

 

It’s important to remember, don’t take your home too seriously! Your space should tell your story.

You should enjoy the things you surround yourself with. We hope we can inspire you to do so.

Happy decorating!

 

–Allison Smith Design Crew

Casa Oasis

A personal piece of paradise in Cabo San Lucas….

Casa Oasis

The home is currently under construction…

 

The home is going to feature a Romanesque courtyard in a modern Spanish design.

All elements face the ocean. It’s not typical to be in a high dessert climate where you can still hear the crashing of ocean waves in the distance.

The traditional hacienda features contemporary elements. We kept the materials understated to accentuate the architectural features…

Warm, calm creams and light taupes are mixed with travertine and black iron elements.

Beauty is in the detail… We’ll be using brushed nickel hardware throughout the home. The curvature of each piece harckens back to a traditional hacienda feel, while a brushed nickel finish maintains a contemporary status.

 

A blend of Pacific Northwest sophistication and local artisan craft creates a beautiful and unique juxtaposition that can’t be found elsewhere.

Stay tuned to see photos of the finished and fully furnished Casa Oasis.

–Allison Smith Design Team

Russell St. BBQ – A Southern Counter

Located at 4246 SE Belmont St. Portland, Oregon 97215

 

The owners of Portland’s original Russell St. BBQ – A Southern Kitchen, Sharon and Diane, once again approached us to help with their second location’s design.

The structure of this space lended itself to a great design – with its beautiful wooden beam system, operating street-side garage door, and skylights that brighten the entire space – we added the finishing touches to nestle Russell St. BBQ’s second location into this space.

We added a new 8′ wall at the entry of the space, featuring the original “bucking pig”, as well as a fresh coat of paint, new lighting, and a beautiful wood & corrugated metal buffet-style counter.

It was important to keep some of the same features as the 14 year-old sister restaurant – Russell St. BBQ – A Southern Kitchen in this design.

To check out our design of the original Russell St. BBQ – located at 325 NE Russell Street – click here

To check out the delicious menu – click here

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